Rebel Wilson to repay $4.1m in damages to Bauer

By Luke Anisimoff | 28 June 2018
Rebel Wilson

The saga continues in the defamation case between Rebel Wilson and Bauer Media, with the Victorian Court of Appeal ordering the actress to pay back $4.1 million of the $4.5 million damages awarded to her in September 2017.

Wilson will also have to hand out more than $60,000 in interest, plus 80% of the publishing giant's appeal costs.

The actress was originally awarded the amount – the largest defamation payment ever awarded by an Australian court – for a run of stories across Bauer titles Woman's Day, NW and Australian Women's Weekly in 2015. But that figure was slashed to $600,000 on appeal two weeks ago.

Wilson – who had previously not disputed returning the money, which she said was earmarked for charity – has argued about the timing and calculation of the interest payments.

The interest – totalling $60,316 – was charged at 2% from 3 October 2017 until 27 June 2018.

Bauer Media are not making comment on the decision.

The original ruling came after the court agreed Wilson had lost out on film roles because of articles claiming she had lied about her name, age and upbringing.

That ruling was overturned on appeal

Wilson will retain $627,165 in damages.

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